Cockerill - we'll take the win
Although Edinburgh failed to hit the heights of previous high-octane home wins over Scarlets and Zebre, Head Coach Richard Cockerill remained in a positive mood, stating that ‘you can’t be too downbeat when you win.’
In a turgid and often messy performance, Edinburgh eventually powered their way to a 20-7 win over Dragons, with a late try from Duhan van der Merwe sealing the four points on the night.
“We struggled to break them down, and we had opportunities – we chose to be aggressive and kept the ball under some good pressure and we didn’t get the outcomes we would’ve liked,” said Cockerill.
“We’ll have better days but you can’t be too downbeat when you win. We need to be a bit more accurate - we were a little bit flat tonight and I don’t know why because it’s been a good training week and we should’ve performed better, but we made too many errors.”
Edinburgh welcomed back a number of Scotland stars to the squad, while key performers such as Matt Scott, Mark Bennett and Luke Crosbie remained in the starting line-up looking to once again impress.
However, despite their strength and depth across the board, the capital side struggled to break out of second gear as mistakes and errors often slowed the match down.
“Yeah, it’s integrating guys back in and all those things, but we need to learn to still keep that consistent performance as well as we can, every time we play.
“When we’re trying to strike, we’re making forward passes. There are small errors, we drop the ball, there are knock-ons.
“It was a good night but it was very wet and greasy out there and it was a poor try to concede from the first phase - which is disappointing, but we’re trying to be positive, we’re trying to play positive rugby and score tries
“Tonight, it was a little messy, but we’ve just got to keep doing it and keep getting better at it. Look, it’s a win – you take the win – we’ve had a pretty good start to the season, we’re in the mix, so we’ve just got to keep working as hard as we can, and keep improving.”
Edinburgh now prepare to open their European Challenge Cup campaign away to Agen this Friday 15 November (kick-off 7pm GMT).
And Cockerill admits that he will look to rotate the squad with a run of key fixtures, both in Europe and in the league, on the horizon.
“We’ve got a 13-week programme: Agen, Bordeaux, then we go to Munster, Glasgow-back to-back. It’ll be a good side next week but there’ll be a rotation in the squad, and we’ve got to build depth in the squad. The last two years we’ve been building an environment and culture that’s robust, and now we’ve got to spread that a bit wider and a bit deeper and that’ll start next week.”